Originally Posted by: SvanholmIf you have a song witch chords and everything wich you play with one guitar. If you wana add a second guitar, what does he play? Does he play the exacly same thing or?
Great questions! This is all about the art of arrangement. And in this case arranging for a recording.
It's always best to experiment & see for yourself what works & what doesn't. In my experience, I've read that certain guitars, chords, harmonies, etc. will typically work in certain ways, with or against each other. But until I actually tried it myself I didn't know why or realize what my own particular tastes were.
After doing a lot of that kind of arranging & recording I have a much better idea of what works, why & how.
To answer your questions.
The other guitar should play something that compliments the first part. It should work with it & not against it. If it interferes, it will sound cluttered & bad. This part could be the exact same thing, which will typically make the whole thing sound louder & more powerful. But if both parts aren't played pretty closely in sync, then it will probably be a muddy disaster! :)
On the other hand they could be complimentary parts that completely stay out of each others way. But that still means they are playing the same thing musically.
A nylon string acoustic could play open chord voicings low on the neck while an electric with a clean tone can play the same chords, but different voicings
of them up higher on the neck.
So, using different guitars, chord voicings, timbres, playing busy on one guitar & sparsely on another, these are all options to try when arranging for multiple guitars in a recording!
Anders explores some of these options with examples in the Rock course. http://www.guitartricks.com/lesson.php?input=22633
Also study some of your favorite songs to see how multiple guitars are arranged. For example, this Beatles song uses multiple guitars in clever ways.http://www.guitartricks.com/tutorial.php?input=1888
Hope this helps. Have fun with it!
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